SQUADRON COLORS CONSEGRATED
Former members of the famed Alouette (425) Squadron gathered last night in 410 Auxiliary Fighter Squadron headquarters on Sherbrooke street west for a solemn ceremony of consecration of colors. Presented by Norman J. Dawes to Group Capt. J. M. St. Pierre, shown in the above photo shaking bands, the group, from left to right are: Paul Giguere, Flt. Lt. J. Decosse, Rev. Father Sqdn. Ldr. C. A. Metayer, Group Capt. St. Pierre, Mr. Dawes, Flt. Lt. Decourcy H. Rayner, and J. P. Lamontagne. More than 300 persons attended the solem dedication rites and participated in the informal get-together later in the officers’ mess of 401 Squadron.
(Gazette Photo by Davidson)
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Alouette Squadron Given Colors In Impressive Dedication Rite
In an impressive ceremony, marked by the slow roll of drums, the Last Post and Reveille, the colors of the Alouettes Club were dedicated last night with Rev. Sqdn. Ldr. Father C. A. Metayer, O.P. Dominican, and Flt. Lt. Rev. Decourcy H. Rayner, officiating
« The very high honor conferred upon us tonight, » Group Capt. J. M. St. Pierre, D.F.C., A.F.C., president of the club, said, « creates a precedent, which I believe, is the first time in the history of the R.C.A.F., that a squadron, or more precisely, a club composed of former – members of a wartime operational squadron, is presented with colors. »;
Members of the famed 425 Alouette Squadron stood to attention as the official presentation was made by Flt. Lt. Joe Decosse, acting on behalf of Norman J. Dawes, president and managing director of the National Breweries, Ltd., who donated the colors to the association.
Following the presentation of colors and the sounding of Last Post, one minute’s silence was observed by the large gathering which thronged the headquarters of 401 Auxiliary Fighter Squadron on Sherbrooke street west.
Then, President St. Pierre quoted the poem:
« They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old,
« Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn,
« At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
« We will remember them. »
As the words ended, the gathering was silent. The bugle notes of Reveille broke the silence. The notes faded, and the assembiy sang the hymn, « O God Our Help in Ages Past. »
« It will be with extreme pride that we hoist these colors at all official ceremonies, » Group Capt. St. Pierre said, « ‘To every one of us, they represent the spirit that once moved us to rally behind the squadron and they represent our esprit-de-corps and friendshlp.
« They represent also the friendship born amidst the sound of bombs and machine guns, and I would be remiss in my duty if I did not make reference to our boys who did not return—for they, too, must share our pride. »
Color bearers were J. P. Lamontagne, and Paul Giguere.
More than 300 persons attended the ceremony, and later participated in an informal get-together in the officers mess at 401 squadron headquarters.